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  • Writer's pictureD. P. Lyle

Criminal Mischief: Episode #28: The MacGuffin


SHOW NOTES:


What is a MacGuffin? Since Alfred Hitchcock coined the term, his definition—such as it is—might be best:

“The main thing I’ve learned over the years is that the MacGuffin is nothing. I’m convinced of this, but I find it difficult to prove it to others.”



The Maltese Falcon--Arguably the Most famous MacGuffin


FAMOUS MACGUFFINS:


OBJECTS:


The Military Secrets in THE 39 STEPS


The Maltese Falcon in THE MALTESE FALCON


The Microfilm in NORTH BY NORTHWEST

The briefcase in PULP FICTION


The Letters of Transit in CASABLANCA


The Ring in the LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy


The Death Star Plans in STAR WARS

The Holy Grail in MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL and in the DIVINCI CODE

The Arc of the Covenant in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

The Genesis Device in STAR TREK2: THE WRATH OF KHAN


PEOPLE/CREATURES:


Colonel Kurtz in APOCALYPSE NOW


Private Ryan in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN


The shark in JAWS


Doug the groom in THE HANGOVER


LeeLoo in the FIFTH ELEMENT


John Conner in THE TERMINATOR series


PLACES:


The Big “W” in IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD


MYSTERY:

Rosebud in CITIZEN KANE


Suspected murder in REAR WINDOW


LINKS:

Strand Magazine: The Care and Feeding of a MacGuffin:


Alfred Hitchcock Explains the Plot Device He Called the “MacGuffin”: http://www.openculture.com/2013/07/alfred-hitchcock-explains-the-plot-device-he-called-the-macguffin.html


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